It is probably a safe bet that the Carolina Panthers will be looking for depth at the cornerback position in this year's NFL Draft and it makes sense for the team to take a closer look at Cyrus Jones. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that the Panthers would be working Jones out privately.
Jones started his collegiate career on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver but transitioned to cornerback prior to his sophomore season. He played three seasons at the position and had 37 passes defended and seven interceptions for his career at Alabama.
The biggest knock on Jones would most likely be his height, standing 5'9" and he would most likely be limited to playing the nickel position. However, this would appear to be a perfect fit for the Panthers, who are in the market for a nickel cornerback with Bene Benwikere expected to move outside permanently and the team not likely to bring back Cortland Finnegan.
Even though he may not be the biggest cornerback, he is an electric athlete and is one of the better return men in this draft class. Last year, Jones had four punts he returned for touchdowns, including one in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State.
There is some room to grow for Jones as he has only been playing cornerback for three seasons and the Panthers may need to give him some time to develop. This is a player the team could target for the middle rounds but he could make an impact as a rookie though as a punt returner as he develops at cornerback.